Speaking on Boston's WEEI Radio this afternoon, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge answered several questions regarding where his team plans to attack free agency this offseason. Not surprisingly, Kevin Garnett was a major talking point.
Ainge said he spoke with Garnett earlier in the week, and that the future Hall of Fame big man gave no indication as to whether he'd retire or return and play another season of professional basketball, writes ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg.
Decisions affecting the team in both the short and long term hinge on a timely Garnett decision, but Ainge repeatedly stated that bringing back the team's own free agents, such as Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Chris Wilcox, is a priority, given the thin crop of free agents on the market this summer.
When asked if amnestying Paul Pierce and opening up even more cap space for the Celtics was a legitimate option, Ainge said "no." On another note, the general manager said he'd try to formulate sign-and-trade deals like the one he achieved last summer with Glen Davis and Bass.